Wednesday, December 29, 2021

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For those who can’t stomach the thought of New Year’s Eve meal prep, consider picking up a fully prepared meal. 

▪️Loom Bistro in Almonte is offering a three course meal with plenty of options*, for $65 per person. When you pick it up it will be hot and ready to eat. Pre orders are a must. Text 613 256 9653 or email (*We’re not sure how you’ll choose between black tiger shrimp cocktail and mushroom bisque with truffle oil, but we have faith in you.)

▪️Chances R Restaurant (1365 Woodroffe Avenue) is also offering a three course meal with options (mains include Prime Rib, Chicken Parmesan, or Greek Style Haddock) and their full menu, which includes some tasty sounding plant-based options, will also be available. 

▪️Parlour X Dish (1319 Wellington St. W) has warned that its NYE at Home menu is almost sold out. Get cracking now if you want a meal that starts with soup, moves on to Beef Wellington (or Mushroom and du Puy Lentil Wellington) and ends with a fig, berry, and blood orange-loaded Pavlova. Starting at $75 per person. /

▪️La Strada Ristorante (697 Bank St) will be open from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on New Year’s Eve, for takeout only. Choose from their regular menu of fine Italian dining starters, square pizza, hero sandwiches, pasta, classic mains, and sweets like Tiramisu. They’ve also got bottles of wine for takeout.

▪️The New Year’s Eve Menu at Fratelli (499 Terry Fox Drive in Kanata) is available for dine in or takeout, and runs $80 per person plus tax and gratuity. It’s a seriously celebratory feast with choices for meat, fish, and plant eaters, rounded off with a very difficult dessert decision: Limoncello Cheesecake or Chocolate Brownie with Red Velvet Whip? Call 613-592-0225. 

▪️Pick up the Whalesbone’s (231 Elgin) New Year’s Even Takeout Dinner Box for Two and enjoy duck confit and shrimp egg rolls, Smoked Bay Scallop, Fennel, Orange and Avocado Tostada, Braised Beef Short Rib, and Dark Chocolate Pate. $135. Call 613-505-4300 for more details and make a plan to pick up between 5:00pm and 8:00pm. 

▪️Meatings suggests a Taco Party this New Year’s Eve, and you can get everything you need for one at their three locations. You can even shop from 11:30am to 4:00pm on December 31st. (If ribs, brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken or pulled jackfruit are more your thing, they’ve got lots of that good stuff too). 

La Roma (430 Preston) is offering their à la carte classics as well as a sumptuous New Year’s Eve Menu for Two, which costs $140 (plus tax and tip) and includes three courses. Call 613-234-8244 to order and to choose your pickup time. 

▪️Town’s NYE heat at home menu ($125 for two) is a comfort food feast including pork belly and scallop chowder, short rib wellington, flourless chocolate cake, and more. It’s available for pickup on the 30th and the 31st. /

▪️Although Sala San Marco (215 Preston Street) has cancelled its New Year’s Eve Gala, the Little Italy venue is offering a dinner kit with an amazing six courses to enjoy at home. This is a very special meal for two including Filet Mignon, Lobster Tail, a bottle of Prosecco, and a whole lot more. All you two love birds need to do is heat and serve. This is ringing in the new year in style, baby. $200 including tax; call Michelle to order 613 238 6063. /

▪️With locations in Nepean and Kemptville, Hard Stones Grill is offering a New Year’s Eve menu with options to include carnivores, fish lovers, and plant based foodies. The meal is priced at $46 per person and is available for dining in or taking home. 

▪️Planning to ring in the New Year with a locally made tipple? Get something tasty delivered by Dunrobin Distilleries. To enjoy their gin, vodka, Canadian Rye, or Early Grey Gin, order by midnight on December 30th for delivery on the 31st. 

▪️For zoning out in front of the TV and eventually head-bobbing right through the new year countdown, Hintonburg Public House has some fine snack suggestions. Choose form their marinated cheese curds, BBQ potato chips, olives, and even burgers. Check out all the options in their Heat & Serve Menu. 

▪️Le Poisson Bleu, Starling, Lavender Gril, Ramen Isshin, Dhruvees, Dessert First will all open in the New Year. Also, King Eddy will move to a new space and someone – as yet unknown – is moving into their old space. [Ottawa Citizen]

We'll see you tomorrow with another mini-edition – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ A mix of sun and cloud. High of -2°, low of -6°

Number: $150,000. The amount paid annually by the City to trap beavers. The Fulcrum at the University of Ottawa has a podcast looking at the issue called The Ottawa Beaver Killings. [The Ottawa Beaver Killings

Ottawan of the Day: Brenda Chapman. The Ottawa author has two works in the Top 10 audiobooks most borrowed from United Kingdom libraries. Cold Mourning is number two, and Butterfly Kills is eighth. [CBC] [Brenda Champman]

Quote: ‘The city now finds itself in a curious, if not untenable, position. It banned sledding on the hill, then couldn’t enforce the ban; faced with a fatality, it has now made “illegal” sledding safer; it doesn’t really have the staff to enforce pandemic crowd restrictions; yet it encourages everyone to exercise in winter, especially school children in their Christmas off-week.’ – Kelly Egan in the Citizen. Last Monday, a girl died in Mooney's Bay Park when her sled hit a metal pole. The City is currently removing poles and other hazards. Sledding has been banned in the park since 2017. [Ottawa Citizen]

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Data is from this morning, comparisons are with yesterday not since the last time that we published.


725,841? 10,43610,171?3
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)86.5% 
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)80.8%

Ontario COVID Page    Ontario Vaccine Rates 


Information has not been updated since yesterday

? Eligible people with one dose (5+)89.1%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)81.6%

Quebec COVID Page     Quebec Vaccine Rates


cases changedeaths

621 ?0

? Eligible people with one dose (5+)

891,880 (90%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)820,752 (83%)

Ottawa Public Health     Ottawa Vaccination Rates.    Ottawa Wastewater 

OUTAOUAIS (Since Dec 22)

19,380?3,326 223 ?0
? Number of doses of vaccine 686,739

As of December 17, 2021 Updated Weekly

? Eligible people with one dose (12+) 95%
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (12+)92.4%

Outaouais Public Health    Quebec Vaccination Rates


7656?193134 ?0
? Eligible people with one dose (5+)176,379 (86%)
? Eligible people fully vaccinated (5+)164,389 (80.1%)
? Eligible people with booster shot39,192

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  Eastern Ontario Health Unit Vaccination Rates



⭕ Ottawa ByLaw officers will be making exta efforts to enforce distancing on rinks and sledding hills. [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Quebec will start allowing some essential employees to continue working even if they test positive for COVID-19, due to shortages [NY Times]

⭕ Starting next Monday, Ontarians must show a QR code to enter restaurants. Doctors notes orf the receipt of vaccination will no longer be enough. [CBC] [Onlne Portal]

⭕ Mayor Jim Watson has ended his self-isolation. Watson tested positive for COVID-19 on the 18th, after coming into contact with a staff member who also tested positive. [CTV

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▪️Atlético Ottawa is not renewing the contract of the only coach the team has ever had. Miguel Angel Ferrer, known as ‘Mista’, had come over from the parent team Atlético de Madrid, leaving a six win, eight draw, and 14 loss legacy. [Ottawa Sun]

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